Andrew Cuomo to Parlay Heightened Sexual Assault Tensions into Firearm Confiscation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) wants to parlay our nation’s heightened sexual assault atmosphere into new opportunities for firearm confiscation.

He is doing this by seeking changes in state law that will make various misdemeanor convictions sufficient grounds for forfeiture of Second Amendment rights.

According to TIME, Cuomo wants misdemeanor convictions of domestic abuse to be treated on a par with felony convictions. New York law currently requires that firearms be surrendered by those convicted of a felony in this category of crime and Cuomo wants to expand that to include those convicted of misdemeanors as well.

Cuomo said, “This year will be remembered as the year of reckoning, when both the tragedy of mass shootings and cultural and institutional harassment of women became impossible to ignore.”

In addition to expanding confiscatory laws to those convicted of misdemeanors, Cuomo also wants to expand the scope of confiscatory orders. The orders currently apply to handguns but he wants those expanded to include rifles and shotguns and as well.

The NICS system was originally designed as a compromise in the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. That bill called for background checks on gun purchases. 

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